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Rose Lavelle breaks down her viral moment: ‘I wish it was juicier’

OL Reign midfielder Rose Lavelle takes a selfie with fans after her team's NWSL quarterfinal win. (Steven Bisig/USA TODAY Sports)

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Rose Lavelle appeared to be taking in the tea during what turned into a viral moment with Emily Sonnett and Abby Dahlkemper following the NWSL semifinals. But according to Lavelle, it’s not as juicy as some might believe.

The moment, in which the 28-year-old midfielder made a face and covered her ears during the conversation, went viral on social media following OL Reign’s 1-0 win Sunday over the San Diego Wave.

“You guys, I wish it was juicier,” Lavelle said Thursday. “And I’m like, I almost want to keep it off the record so people think it’s juicer. But on the record, it wasn’t juicy at all.”

Instead, Lavelle said she, her teammate Sonnett and Wave defender Dahlkemper were talking about how great the game was and how loud the atmosphere was. The crowd broke the NWSL playoffs record for attendance, with 32,262 people packing into Snapdragon Stadium.

“It got so loud,” Lavelle said. “So many people messaged me that they’re like, ‘I need to know what you guys are saying,’ and I was like, ‘I wish I had a juicier answer.’”